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Rwanda Bean CompanyBy Rwanda Bean Company
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Rwanda Bean CompanyBy Rwanda Bean Company
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$10,173
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97
backers
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, May 24 2018 11:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

BRING RWANDA BEAN’S MISSION TO LIFE 

We are honored that you came to check out our kickstarter and we hope you’ll support our mission!

This Kickstarter is to support the launch of our flagship coffee shop on Cottage Road in South Portland, Maine. Our funding target is $35,000 in 30 days. Funding will allow us to purchase coffee equipment and inventory for both of our retail and manufacturing operations. From raw coffee to cold brew kegs and growlers, this space gives us the opportunity to bring all operations under one roof and better serve local, regional, and worldwide customers! 

Not only will this new space house our flagship coffee shop, serving premium coffee and locally sourced bake goods, but it will also serve as a center for showcasing the latest harvests from Rwanda. Local and national roasters of any size can visit to sample green coffee and learn more about our direct trade platform. 

Scroll down to learn more about our Company, the Farms, and the inspiration behind our Mission. 

Land of a Thousand Hills
Land of a Thousand Hills

About Rwanda Bean Company

Fair trade is no longer the gold standard. Though an important step forward, it has not addressed the needs of the smallholding farmers who are the primary producers of coffee worldwide. Farmers are still marginalized, working longer hours with less pay. Our 50/50 profit model isn't just a fair wage, it provides a sustainable living.

Rwanda Bean Company is a values-driven business founded in 2014 to supply specialty coffee products in the US and abroad, and is now expanding into the retail sector. By implementing a scalable and sustainable enterprise model from the farm to consumer, Rwanda Bean aims to build strong connections, to educate coffee drinkers, and maximize returns to our farm partners.

Our passion for our beans is inspired by those who nurture the growth that brings out their best. Discover our mission for growing a stronger Rwanda:

Fifty Percent for Farmers 

It’s a simple proposition—but its benefits are profound: We give half of all profits back to the people who support the growth of our beans. Our Fifty Percent for Farmers program begins with our investment in critical agricultural equipment and supplies to enhance farm operations, and will expand to include education and healthcare projects and the funding of rural clean energy production.

Karora Washing Station
Karora Washing Station

Founder's Statement

Rwanda is my home. It is a country looking for a way to move beyond its past. Scarred, but not without hope. I’ve witnessed the power and resiliency of its people when I’ve returned, and I’m reminded of the values my parents taught me which I’ve carried to another continent - the value of an education, the power of community, and the importance of helping others. The path forward must be one of reconciliation. It must be built on compassion and understanding. Rwanda Bean was founded with this at its heart - a means to heal and grow - a testament to the fact that those that are helped will help others. We believe this shared vision and better access to the multi-billion dollar coffee industry can bring real transformation and prosperity to Rwanda. 

Our direct trade platform empowers farmers by cutting out the middleman and brings our beans directly from its source to our roasters. Beyond this, we are committed to launching innovative products along the coffee supply chain and responsibly investing 50% of our profits back in the communities that grow our beans. Ultimately, our goal is to provide a great product that demonstrates the power of choice, both by how we operate and how the consumer values meaningful connections as the standard for doing business. Join us in strengthening Rwanda, one cup of coffee at a time! 

– Mike Mwendata, Founder

Risks and challenges

Rwanda Bean has been in operation since 2014, distributing green and roasted coffee products throughout New England. Opening a coffee shop brings its own risk and challenges; however, the good news is that we are nearing completion, and ready to open our doors this spring. Rwanda Bean has invested its own capital to fund the development, permitting and buildout of major components. This Kickstarter is aimed to provide funding for operational needs and additional equipment/collateral to make this a truly unique cultural experience. It is our hope that the support of our community will help to further demonstrate to future lenders and investors that this is a worthy and viable business model for them to work with us on. We look forward to opening our doors and inviting you to make a deeper connection to your daily cup of coffee.

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    Project Backer!

    Thanks for supporting our campaign! You are now part of our journey and will get all updates about Rwanda Bean and a sweet sticker of our logo to help promote our Mission.

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    Rwanda Bean Swag!

    You are now the proud owner of a super stylish Rwanda Bean T-Shirt and can proudly wear it around town in support of our Mission and great coffee products.

    Free Shipping in Continental US.

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    Early Bird Coffee!

    Limited number at this rate and you get to select either a 1lb of our specialty reserve roasts or raw beans (for home roasting).

    Free shipping in Continental US.

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    • 1lb of Reserve Roast or 1lb of Raw Coffee
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    Heart Campaign Coffee

    NEW. Receive Standard bag of coffee plus we will provide health Insurance for 2 partner farmers

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    Coffee Lover!

    Your choice of either 1lb of our reserve roast (whole bean or ground) or raw beans (for home roasting).

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    Launch Party Supporter!

    Join the party at our launch event and enjoy a 32oz Growler of our Cold Brew Coffee!

    Cold Brew can be picked up at our shop or at the launch party.

    Includes:
    • Launch Party Ticket
    • Rwanda Bean Sticker
    • Social media shout-out
    • 32oz Cold Brew Growler
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    Heart Campaign Tumbler

    NEW. Receive a limited edition Heart Campaign stainless steel insulated tumbler.
    We will provide health insurance for 10 partner farmers.

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    Rwanda Bean Super Fan!

    Get the hat and t-shirt to shine at the launch party and continue to promote our beans and mission every week!

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    • Rwanda Bean T-Shirt
    • Rwanda Bean Hat
    • Rwanda Bean Sticker
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    Rwanda Bean Treatment!

    Swag and coffee go hand in hand with this pledge of support!

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    • Rwanda Bean Hat
    • Rwanda Bean T-Shirt
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    Rwanda Bean Brewer!

    Come cold brew coffee with us at the flagship store. Join us, with a friend of your choice, for a unique brewing and training experience, and see the inner workings of Rwanda Bean.

    Includes:
    • Cold Brew Training & Experience
    • Launch Party Ticket
    • Rwanda Bean Hat
    • Rwanda Bean T-Shirt
    • Rwanda Bean Sticker
    • Social media shout-out with name on Website
    • 32oz Cold Brew Growler
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    Brew and Roast Experience!

    Roasting tour and experience with our head roaster for you and 2 friends! Then join us for an experience cold brewing at our flagship store.

    Includes:
    • Roasting Experience with 2 friends
    • Cold Brew Training & Experience
    • Launch Party Ticket
    • Rwanda Bean Hat
    • Rwanda Bean T-Shirt
    • 1lb of Reserve Roast or 1lb of Raw Coffee
    • 32oz Cold Brew Growler
    • Social media shout-out with name on Website
    • Name on our Recognition Wall at the Flagship Store
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    Heart Campaign - Major Impact

    Receive a beautiful hand carved Rwanda map with heart campaign insignia
    With this generous donation, we will provide health insurance for 100 partner farmers!

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    Rwanda Bean Champion!

    VIP Ticket to our Launch Party, Name on Recognition Wall at Flagship Coffee Shop, AND Reserved Attendance for company trip to Rwanda - see the farms where our beans grow from, meet the farmers, and visit what Travel and Leisure is calling one of Africa’s most sought after travel destinations!

    Also enjoy the roasting and cold brew experience with up to 4 friends!

    Includes:
    • VIP Launch Party Ticket
    • Roasting and Cold Brewing Experience
    • 32oz Cold Brew Growler
    • Rwanda Bean Hat & T-Shirt
    • 3 Month Coffee Subscription (1lb of any roast for three months)
    • Name on our Recognition Wall at the Flagship Store
    • Reserved Attendance for Company Trip to Rwanda
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    Rwanda Bean Ambassador

    VIP Access and Treatment.

    $500 voucher for travel (or 1 hour harbor tour for up to 15 people) costs to Portland, ME for the launch party AND two nights in hotel room.

    Includes:
    • VIP Launch Party Ticket
    • Roasting and Cold Brewing Experience
    • Name on our Recognition Wall at the Flagship Store
    • Reserved Attendance for Company Trip to Rwanda
    • Rwanda Bean Hat & T-Shirt
    • Rwanda Bean Sticker
    • 32oz Cold Brew Growler
    • 12 Month Coffee Subscription (1lb of any roast per month)
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    Rwanda Bean World Traveler

    Join us on an all inclusive trip to Rwanda! Travel on a company outing to Kigali and several of the farms where our beans originate. Meet the farmers and visit what Travel and Leisure is calling one of Africa’s most sought after travel destinations!

    Includes:
    • VIP Launch Party Ticket
    • Rwanda Bean Hat & T-Shirt
    • Rwanda Bean Sticker
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Funding period

- (30 days)